Posted : 12/10/2010 1:27:57 PM
I understand sometimes when you are nervous and worried it's easy to be overly concerned. HOWEVER -- none of this sounds good, nor does it sound right. and sometimes it's just plain BEST to go to a new vet (or the vet school) and get a clear, new, unbiased opinion if everything is ok.
If you are near Layla -- look in her mouth. Look at her gums. Are they nice and pink (they should look like yours). Or are they pale?
Take the tip of your finger and "press" pretty hard on her gums for a count of 5. Release -- pressing like that will push the blood out of the area and when you release it should snap back to *pink* nice and fast (within a second or two).
If her gums are pale, or if her gums don't refill to "pink" right away -- go to the vet NOW.
Sometimes stuff like this is just "nothing huge". But you've got a dog acting lethargic a couple of weeks after a spay. ***ANY TIME*** a dog is unaccountably lethargic you gotta pay attention.
Don't feel stupid or "over the top". You're the owner -- you are her guardian and her advocate. She's not acting normal. This should have been routine and either the vet's office is doing a darned poor job of relieving your fears and taking this seriously OR something's not right. And you've called them enough at this point that they're probably just plain ignoring you.
That's wrong and that's dumb. You're not going TO learn what is "typical" and what's not by just being blown off. AND Layla could suffer.
EVEN IF she's acting a bit better today -- she's still not healthy. Is she eating normally? Does she have true energy? If not, I'd flatly tell you to just plain GO TO ANOTHER VET ***today***. It's Friday. You don't want to get blown off all weekend long and have her not be able to get good help (and an emergency vet is NOT "good help" -- they should be for emergencies ONLY).
Layla can't talk, hon -- and there's no way any of us can really relieve your fears. You aren't being silly or stupid -- you have a dog who is not acting normally two weeks after a simply ordinary spay. to be Layla's BEST advocate - ditch this vet and go see someone else you can trust. Tell them when you call that you've got a dog who is lethargic and it's two weeks post spay and YOU ARE WORRIED. Tell them you really need to have her seen ***TODAY*** and don't take no for an answer. If they say no, call someone else. Or even walk into Banfield (at PetSmart) if you can't do ANYTHING better.
NO, they should not have given her any meds while you were out of their sight. Not without ok'ing it or telling you about it. It takes them a while to detox from certain things but NOTHING should cause what you're describing -- and your vet office's responses SUCK. (Sorry -- no owner/guardian should EVER be blown off for describing lethargy -- it is the NUMBER ONE dangerous illness symptom!!!)
Frankly -- what you are describing to ME is a sick dog. "a little bit" isn't good enough to be honest. And at this point if something is WRONG it's not getting better very fast. I honestly wouldn't trust what your vet is saying at all -- if there IS a problem and if they are thinking if they just remain silent you won't get angry or sue (if they can make you feel "overly concerned" then they think you won't retaliate if they can somehow make it look like it's normal or they aren't to blame).
I'd be to another vet so fast it would make their head spin. I'd write out on paper what's happened, along with your vet's name/phone number and tell the new vet to call the old one for her records. But I'd do it *now* so you don't run into not being able to find treatment late on a Friday or on a weekend.
Yes, I can be a pushy old broad -- but you know what? You're the only advocate Layla has. It's OK for you to be a Momma Bear. No one else is going to do it for Layla.